Livy on History

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Livy on History

fschmidt
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Men should learn history from original sources.  I will let Livy explain why:

"I invite the reader's attention to the much more serious consideration of the kind of lives our ancestors lived, of who were the men, and what the means both in politics and war by which Rome's power was first acquired and subsequently expanded; I would then have him trace the process of our moral decline, to watch, first, the sinking of the foundations of morality as the old teaching was allowed to lapse, then the rapidly increasing disintegration, then the final collapse of the whole edifice, and the dark dawning of our modern day when we can neither endure our vices nor face the remedies needed to cure them.  The study of history is the best medicine for a sick mind; for in history you have a record of the infinite variety of human experience plainly set out for all to see; and in that record you can find for yourself and your country both examples and warnings; fine things to take as models, base things, rotten through and through, to avoid."
Following the Old Testament, not evil modern culture
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Re: Livy on History

Drealm
Do you have a recommendation for any version of Livy's works?
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Re: Livy on History

fschmidt
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This is the version I read:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0140448098/
Following the Old Testament, not evil modern culture